(left to right) Comedian/actor Denis Leary; musician/audio engineer, Hiro Honshuku; Metric Halo’s consultant/engineer, Allen Rowand; and Denis Leary’s musical director, Charly Roth with the Metric Halo remote recording rig used to record the music at the most recent “Comics Come Home Benefit XIII.”Boston (April 24, 2008)–Hiroaki Honshuku’s A-NO-NE Studio Services was hired to record the music performed during Comics Come Home XIII, a charity event hosted by Denis Leary at Boston University’s Agganis Arena, for which he used a multi-track remote recording rig comprised of two Metric Halo Mobile I/O 2882+DSP and two ULN-2+DSP units, plus an Apple MacBook Pro.
“For this gig, I had 28 channels of Metric Halo, but we used only 26,” says Honshuku. “We were killing two birds with one stone. Denis did a few songs, and one of the songs was new and he wanted to record it. His backing band opened the show and also wanted to have a recording.” Leary’s new live recording, At The Rehab, will be available through Comedy Central Records in spring 2008. The event also featured performances by Lenny Clarke, Artie Lange, Jim Norton, Joe Yannetty, Mike Birbiglia, Pete Correale and Robert Kelly. The evening was a benefit for The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care and The Neely Cancer Fund.
Allen Rowand, a sound engineer and designer and consultant who recently joined Metric Halo, supplied a backup Mobile I/O rig for the concert. “I’m glad Allen’s system was there for backup, because I had one bad cable,” reveals Honshuku. “A backup is so important; I’m glad he was available for that.”
Honshuku also uses both SpectraFoo and ChannelStrip regularly. “Once you use SpectraFoo, the problem is that you can’t do anything without it. You get spoiled,” he says. ChannelStrip gets used only during the mixing process, he adds. “I wasn’t trained formally, so I don’t want to take a chance with printing something through ChannelStrip. But Metric Halo boxes are so pristine, so you can do whatever you want later, not when you’re tracking.